Well, that’s that, then. The end of another season.
We all cram rally towels into our pockets, quietly disperse, and return to life without meaning. If you’re anything like me, your time after Phillies baseball ends is split up a little something like this.
For ever people, this is the time of year to move seamlessly from a disappointing loss to a horrible, highly public contract dispute. Jimmy Rollins has selected this route, announcing his very clear intentions for his next deal, and now we get to wait and see how this warm, fuzzy, beloved business side of baseball works. Hooray!
If anything, Ruben Amaro prefers mystery. In that vein, if we assume he doesn’t always know what he’s going to do, he is actually, accidentally honest to us once in a while. With this matter being of high importance to the fans, we can rest assured that we will know as many cryptic and/or contradictory statements as Ruben wants to allow.
So Jimmy wants five years, which means we’d have seen him go from cocky young rookie to extremely cocky old man with at least one World Series ring. Want a beautiful thing to witness. Of course, it could end with a humiliating sputter and bust that all of us refuse to look at and the more deluded of us announce that Jimmy is fine.
The wide assumptions are that Jimmy will be asked to compromise. Yes, if Jimmy’s taught us anything, it is that he is constantly willing to take other people’s demands with a smile.
Actually, these negotiations should be, although behind tightly closed and magnetically locked doors, epic. Ruben’s coldness and smugness and Jimmy’s swag and passive aggressive notices of disinterest will be a collision that deserves a laugh track behind it just to counteract the intensity in the room.
This pretty much feels like the beginning of an adjustment period, but if you look at the Flyers, which you should be doing for Jimmy right now, you can find a team still expected to succeed despite blowing up their team in a few recognizable areas.
Or you could look at the Flyers and be like, “That’s not even baseball, its a different sport with and entirely different environment.”
The point is, change is inevitable. Which doesn’t necessarily mean that suffering is too, but yeah, though; suffering is, too.